Possible Solution to Illinois' Propane Shortage

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SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- New legislation filed in the Illinois Senate is aimed at helping solve the state's propane shortage, a measure which includes a series of spending an regulatory proposals.

The legislation would help low-income families buy propane, created a short-term loan program and lift weight restrictions on state roads for trucks that are carrying the fuel.

The legislation is being sponsored by Republican state Sens. Sam McCann and Dale Righter.

Rainy fall weather and recent cold spells are to blame for putting a pinch on Illinois' propane supplies, causing distribution problems across the state. Gov. Pat Quinn declared a propane supply emergency across the state earlier this week, which eased some regulations on propane truck drivers.

About 40 percent of Illinois homes are heated by propane.

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